I am not a picky eater or one who watches what I eat. I enjoy cooking and I love to eat food that is bad for me. My favorite meal is fried pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, turnip greens and corn bread. I am from the south where we use food as a comfort item. When we are happy, sad, mad or just board we eat. We have festivals to celebrate the food we eat. My diet is way off the SuperTrackers recommendations. I eat mainly one meal a day sometimes two. I do not eat a lot of fresh fruits. I need to stop drinking so many soft drinks and I should take out the sugar in my tea.
I consumed little to no fresh fruits on a daily basis. I eat a lot of protein, but still not what I should eat daily I only ate around 40% of what I should have. One thing I should do is eat more of the good foods and do less snacking during the day. I am going to make myself a promise to eat at least one fresh fruit a day. I went and bought strawberries and cantaloupe so I can eat a little better. I know this is only a small fix and will only work if I stick to it. I can start to measure my food portions so I do not over eat. This will help me watch the amount of fats and starches that I take in. I love broccoli and could eat more of it, it is full of fiber and nutrients that are good for me.
There are six classes of nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals, and Water. Carbohydrates are vegetables, whole grains and whole wheat pasta. They are the main source of fuel for our bodies. Fats are oils that can be from vegetables, canola oil and flaxseed oil. Proteins can be found in many foods we eat like fish, nuts and legumes (beans).
Proteins help support our growth. All three of these classes are listed together because our body needs each one of them in large amounts for energy. Vitamins help support our immune system. They are micro-nutrients; they are needed in small amounts to help keep us healthy. Minerals help in the regulation of our bodily functions. Calcium helps to keep our bones strong. Water is the most important nutrient of all. Water keeps our fluids in balance.